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The Limits of DetenteThe United States, the Soviet Union, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1969-1973$
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Craig Daigle

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300167139

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300167139.001.0001

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Crisis on the Suez, June–September 1970

Crisis on the Suez, June–September 1970

(p.113) Four Crisis on the Suez, June–September 1970
The Limits of Detente

Craig Daigle

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the continued encounters between Israeli and Soviet military forces that exacerbated tensions in the region and threatened the prospects for superpower detente. On the night of June 29–30, the Israeli Air Force attacked a deployment of Soviet ground-to-air missiles that had been moved to a line twenty-five to thirty-seven miles from the Suez Canal, destroying between eight and ten, with a loss of five airplanes. On July 26, Soviet-piloted MiG-21s attempted to intercept Israeli aircraft, firing some seven air-to-air missiles, and the following day provided air-to-air cover to Egyptian strike aircraft hitting Israeli emplacements on the east bank of the Canal. Finally, on July 30, Soviet aircraft successfully intercepted Israeli fighters along the Egyptian bank of the Gulf of Suez, while the Israelis shot down four Soviet-piloted planes during the battle.

Keywords:   continued encounters, Israeli, Soviet military forces, superpower detente, Gulf of Suez

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